Despite the Oklahoma City Thunder went crashing out of the playoffs this season after suffering a 4-2 first-round series defeat to the Utah Jazz after six games, Paul George had an excellent first season with the franchise.
While playing alongside Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony, George managed to average 21.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and two steals per game, which was also enough to earn him an All-Star call-up for the fifth time in his career.
According to ESPN, on Wednesday, the Thunder star underwent a surgical procedure on his left knee, and he is now expected to miss six-to-eight weeks before returning to normal offseason activities.
George posted an image on his Instagram story prior to the surgery taking place on Wednesday with the caption "Good Spirits."
George's knee wasn't the only thing causing problems for him last season, as he said during his exit interview: "The knee, the forearm, the hip, those have been the biggest things. But kind of everything just healing. Lot of bumps, lot of bruises, but I feel like everybody has. But just being able to address it this summer will help."
The Thunder star dealt with knee soreness for much of last season, sitting out a game on Dec. 29 because of it, so it's not surprising that he's had a procedure done to sort it out. Whether or not the Thunder will see the benefits of this surgery, however, remains to be seen.
George is expected to opt out of the final year of his current contract worth $20.7 million to seek a lucrative long-term deal on the market as an unrestricted free agent. Over the past year, several teams have been discussed as possible destinations for the forward.
The Thunder will certainly have a solid chance to re-sign him, but there will be plenty of other teams interested in him too, most notably his hometown team, the Los Angeles Lakers, who will have plenty of cap space to possibly sign him this summer.
George has kept his cards relatively close to his chest over his future in the NBA, as he is yet to confirm if he wants to return to the Thunder this year for another season. He did, however, say the Thunder 'checked the boxes' for him, which is a good sign for their hopes of retaining him.
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